For students with 504 accommodations (and their parents), we’ve got some terrific news for you. The College Board has announced that it has overhauled — and greatly simplified — how the organization accommodates students with special needs. In short, it’s going to become a whole lot easier for students with special needs to be able to receive testing accommodations on the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, and AP exams beginning on January 1, 2017. So in just a few short weeks!
Ivy Coach salutes College Board for overhauling their request process for students with special needs. It’s now going to be a whole lot easier for students with 504 accomodations to receive test accomodations on the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, and AP tests.
According to a College Board press release entitled “College Board Simplifies Request Process For Test Accommodations,” “Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams. Most private school students with a current, formal school-based plan that meets College Board criteria will also have their current accommodations automatically approved for College Board exams. This streamlined process builds on the College Board’s August 2016 expansion of testing accommodations that can be approved directly by schools without the need for additional documentation.” Amen to that!
The release also spells out just how newly streamlined the process with College Board will be: “Under this new policy, school testing accommodation coordinators need to answer only two questions when submitting most requests for students: ‘Is the requested accommodation(s) in the student’s plan?’ and ‘Has the student used the accommodation(s) for school testing?’ If the answer is yes to both questions, eligible students can be approved to receive most accommodations on College Board exams. This new process is expected to reduce the approval time for an overwhelming majority of accommodation requests.”
This is major, and welcome, news for students — and especially their parents — who have long had to challenge their schools and College Board to accommodate their requests. As the press release states, parents, students, teachers, and administrators spoke and College Board listened. See, change really can happen if you lift your voice and your cause is just. Congratulations to all students and parents who will soon be able to benefit from these notable changes!